We at Fruttituttibeadcandy will always encourage you to get crafty whenever the mood takes you! Especially when it comes to making your own chainmaille. It’s a look that’s been in fashion for centuries and now it’s just as cool when used on your accessorizing- whether it’s a cute chainmaille belt accessory or tiny armour detail on some earrings There are some surprisingly easy techniques for making this linked look. Here is a simple example to help get you started:
Any good crafts shop will make sure you start off with the right equipment. A pair of round nosed pliers with the right gauge wire is what you will need to begin with. Plus side cutters to cut the wire once each link is formed. You will also need something to wrap the wire around such as a pencil. If you want larger links you could try something thicker like a cylindrical nail polish bottle? Look out for square or triangular shapes if you want to give your chainmaille a twist.
Whatever shape you go with try and make your loops as even as possible. This makes things easier later on when actually forming the links themselves.
Once you have pulled the wire around the object you wish to form your links on, you can then start to cut the new links one by one. Link four of these to one ring like in the picture above.
The main link (shown in red) will look like a centre piece to the others when placed flat on a table. A good tip for beginners would be to place the piece you are working on flat on a table every so often if you do find yourself getting confused.
Then take another ring, this time only add two more links to it. Join the red link to the bottom rings of the first five rings. This forms the next level, and is how you will build up your chainmaille.
You can also build up your piece of jewellery by expanding from the sides too. The principle is the same only that you attach your rings on the side instead of at the bottom.
You can make your piece of chainmaille to whatever your dimensions you want. Once you have got the hang of this basic technique why not experiment with shapes and thicknesses. Perhaps even different materials too? Copper wire can be bought quite cheaply from most DIY stores, perhaps later you might like to experiment with polymer clay or foam? the possibilities are endless with chainmaille!